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Forum: Basic Writing Questions

Basic Writing Questions (BWQs) are perennial questions asked by writers when they’re just getting started, or when they reach a new stage. They’re usually general in nature rather than about a specific plot element, and include questions about how to write, what to write, or even why to write one way or another. Check the Introduction and the other Stickies.

  1. Sticky Thread Sticky: What's the best writing exercise you've ever done?

    Started by gettingby, 10-12-2015 01:24 AM
    • Replies: 96
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    09-08-2018, 02:26 PM Go to last post
  2. Sticky Thread Sticky: Learning to Plot

    Started by Sean Craven, 11-27-2009 07:32 PM
    • Replies: 323
    • Views: 156,755
    09-07-2018, 08:37 PM Go to last post
  3. Sticky Thread Sticky: Sara's 10 Basic Writing Tips

    Started by Sarita, 03-22-2008 10:26 PM
    • Replies: 238
    • Views: 137,930
    08-28-2018, 04:54 PM Go to last post
  4. Sticky Thread Sticky: FAQ: Using A Spreadsheet for Outlining and Brainstorming

    Started by badducky, 09-30-2007 05:40 AM
    • Replies: 69
    • Views: 64,889
    08-12-2018, 04:35 PM Go to last post
    • Replies: 88
    • Views: 64,816
    08-01-2018, 05:52 AM Go to last post
  5. Sticky Thread Sticky: Basic Writing Questions FAQs

    Started by AW Admin, 03-17-2018 12:18 AM
    • Replies: 1
    • Views: 2,788
    03-17-2018, 02:46 AM Go to last post
    • Replies: 18
    • Views: 40,052
    03-04-2018, 01:42 AM Go to last post
  6. Sticky Thread Sticky: FAQ: Using Microsoft's OneNote for Outlining and Note Taking

    Started by Inky, 05-21-2009 09:34 PM
    • Replies: 12
    • Views: 8,821
    03-04-2018, 01:38 AM Go to last post
  7. Sticky Thread Sticky: Allen Guthrie's Infamous Writing Tips

    Started by robertmblevins, 05-14-2008 12:01 PM
    • Replies: 243
    • Views: 170,866
    03-04-2018, 01:24 AM Go to last post
  8. Sticky Thread Sticky: Basic Writing Questions Introduction

    Started by Medievalist, 04-22-2014 04:59 AM
    • Replies: 0
    • Views: 16,307
    04-22-2014, 04:59 AM Go to last post
    • Replies: 1
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    07-16-2006, 09:32 AM Go to last post
  1. Language barrier problem

    Started by 5811Heathen, Yesterday 09:18 PM
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 55
    Today, 01:09 PM Go to last post
  2. Growth and development as a writer

    Started by Cascada, Today 01:51 AM
    • Replies: 10
    • Views: 125
    Today, 01:06 PM Go to last post
  3. The Oxford Comma

    Started by acockey, 09-14-2018 09:10 PM
    • Replies: 28
    • Views: 520
    Today, 06:20 AM Go to last post
  4. Complex Concepts in Plot Hooks

    Started by Hillsy7, 09-17-2018 03:39 PM
    • Replies: 25
    • Views: 450
    Yesterday, 09:25 PM Go to last post
    • Replies: 1
    • Views: 63
    Yesterday, 08:01 PM Go to last post
  5. How long do you wait before editing?

    Started by The Second Moon, 09-16-2018 06:55 PM
    • Replies: 16
    • Views: 339
    Yesterday, 02:24 PM Go to last post
  6. Comparative or superlative?

    Started by Toto Too, 09-18-2018 08:22 AM
    • Replies: 9
    • Views: 189
    Yesterday, 11:05 AM Go to last post
  7. How much of future WIPs do you plan out?

    Started by starrystorm, 08-29-2018 01:16 AM
    • Replies: 21
    • Views: 603
    Yesterday, 07:29 AM Go to last post
  8. Does YA have to have a teenage protagonist?

    Started by KittenEV, 09-16-2018 08:39 AM
    • Replies: 46
    • Views: 831
    09-18-2018, 09:23 PM Go to last post
  9. Change the World? Entertain? Both?

    Started by HR Garcia, 09-12-2018 10:58 PM
    • Replies: 38
    • Views: 798
    09-18-2018, 04:52 AM Go to last post
  10. Chapters in an Epistolary Format

    Started by ValerieJane, 07-09-2018 12:05 AM
    • Replies: 9
    • Views: 591
    09-18-2018, 01:48 AM Go to last post
  11. What's On Your Mind About Your Writing?

    Started by Undercover, 02-15-2012 05:55 AM
    • Replies: 14,313
    • Views: 929,763
    09-17-2018, 11:47 PM Go to last post
  12. To use italics or not to use italics...

    Started by mmbmalik, 09-09-2018 09:30 PM
    • Replies: 6
    • Views: 260
    09-16-2018, 03:26 PM Go to last post
  13. Less Characters = Tighter Stories?

    Started by Goettsch, 09-07-2018 12:34 AM
    • Replies: 13
    • Views: 575
    09-15-2018, 04:28 PM Go to last post
  14. How do you know?

    Started by ritelife4ever, 09-05-2018 08:15 AM
    • Replies: 16
    • Views: 640
    09-15-2018, 10:42 AM Go to last post
  15. Language Expanding Resources?

    Started by BurntPieCrust, 09-04-2018 06:02 PM
    • Replies: 12
    • Views: 335
    09-15-2018, 12:11 AM Go to last post
  16. Tackling scenes that are out of your comfort zone

    Started by ktdude, 09-07-2018 10:47 PM
    • Replies: 24
    • Views: 683
    09-13-2018, 11:16 PM Go to last post
  17. Dialogue/Beat/Dialogue/Beat

    Started by Redredrose, 09-11-2018 09:28 PM
    • Replies: 15
    • Views: 482
    09-12-2018, 11:02 PM Go to last post
  18. Writing Tools for Authors? (Online)

    Started by rachel0d, 06-22-2018 07:24 AM
    • Replies: 28
    • Views: 1,657
    09-11-2018, 07:20 PM Go to last post
    • Replies: 13
    • Views: 282
    09-10-2018, 01:30 AM Go to last post

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